Adrianne Palicki, 27, who played Tyra Collette on NBC's Friday Night Lights, has been tapped by the network to portray one of the most iconic female roles in comic book lore, that of Wonder Woman and her alter ego, Diana Prince, the role made popular by Lynda Carter in the '70s. David E. Kelley will produce the series about the beautiful corporate executive-turned-crime vigilante with collaborator Bill D'Elia, who contributed to projects like Ally McBeal and Chicago Hope.

Carter, whose name is practically synonymous with the scantily clad crusader, epitomized the plight of the career woman who was trying to have it all, but conflicted about it, in William M. Marston's 1970s series, The New Adventures of Wonder Woman. Palicki, who has also received high acclaim for her roles in Fox's short-lived series, Lone Star, and the WB's Supernatural, will film the show's pilot with director Jeff Reiner, with whom she previously worked on Friday Night Lights. —KIMBERLY STEELE